School: Clanna Caoilte (B.) (roll number 12286)

Location:
Clonakilty, Co. Cork
Teacher:
Ss. Ó Síthe

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The Virgin Mary's Bank

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0311, Page 099

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Situated about two and a half miles south-east of Clonakilty is Inchadoney island. It is now a peninsula of five hundred acres. About half of this is arable and very fertile.
In the southern side of the island there is a bank jutting out into the sea called the Virgin Mary's bank. It is said that there was a ship coming in there once and the sailors say a beautiful woman praying on the bank. She was as white as snow and she was kneeling on a knoll which bears the impression of her knees to-day.
All the sailors but one began to mock and blaspheme her. Suddenly a

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Informant
Tim Cowhig
Gender
male
Address
Ballintemple, Co. Cork
Language
English